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Bose 201-V Stereo Loudspeakers (Pair) - Black

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  • Each 201 speaker includes a long excursion 6-1/2 woofer and a highly sensitive 2 Stereo Targeting tweeter
  • Proprietary Stereo Everywhere technology combines direct and reflected sound to deluge the room with beautiful sound
  • Unique port geometry for clean bass.Compact size and horizontal for flexible placement options
  • Perfect as front or rear home theater speakers, along with a BOSE VCS-10 center channel & BOSE 161 surrounds ? or a second pair of 201s
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Product Specifications

Brand NameBose
Speaker TypeBookshelf Speakers
Color NameBlack
Item Display Height8 inches
Peak Power Handling - Speakers120 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Bose
  • Model Number: 29297
  • Color: Black
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf Speakers
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
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Product Description

Product Description

The world's best loved bookshelf speaker / Now redesigned, with even better performance / For music or home theater

The trim, stylish 201-V speakers from Bose are ideal for your den, dorm room, office, or small-scale living room. Their sleek design makes them welcome in any décor. Sold in pairs, the 201-Vs work well with either your stereo components or your home theater, elegantly handling either front- or rear-channel surround sound (use 2 pairs for both).

You'll enjoy lifelike, spacious stereo sound from these compact yet versatile bookshelf speakers. In a concert hall, listeners hear a mix of direct and reflected sound arriving from different directions and at different times. Bose's proprietary Direct/Reflecting speaker technology uses the walls and flat surfaces of your room to more closely approximate the sound in a concert hall. From cutting-edge DVDs to your vintage records, you'll enjoy larger-than-life spaciousness in nearly all you listen to, thanks in part to Bose's precisely angled, 2.5-inch proprietary Stereo Targeting tweeters.

The speakers' broad-dispersion Stereo Everywhere design lets you enjoy full stereo sound throughout the listening area, no matter where you sit or stand. Instead of concentrating the stereo effects into a single "sweet spot," the 201 bookshelf speakers are engineered to deliver realistic performance almost anywhere in the room.

The speakers each use a single 6.5-inch woofer and a flared-slot port--a specially engineered design wherein woofer and port geometry complement each other to reduce air turbulence. The ports ensure clean, deep bass, particularly when you're listening at high volumes.

What's in the Box
Two speakers, self-adhesive rubber feet, a user's manual, and warranty/registration information.

Product Details

User Manual [1.80mb PDF]| Product Manual [200kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 8 x 8 inches ; 22.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 23 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00006L7RT
  • Item model number: 29297
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at November 22, 2004

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rick Devore on August 2, 2011
Back in the 1970s, Bose came out with their world-famous 901 series speakers. They could get extremely loud and produced thunderous bass and a big, wide room-filling soundstage. However, they were around $1000 a pair with the equalizer and stands. For the masses that couldn't afford the 901s, Bose released their 501s and 301s. The 301s produced a sound that was similar to the 901s at lower volume for about $200. They were, and are, great sellers.

This review is for using the speakers in a stereo system. I haven't tried them in a home theater setting.

There are a few major differences between the 301 speakers and the lighter, cheaper 201 series. (I've listened to both extensively.) First, the 201 is not really a direct reflecting system. It lacks a second tweeter that fires toward the walls in the corner of the room that creates the large soundstage of the 301 series. 201s only have a front firing 6" driver, a bass port and one angled tweeter that helps to produce a more spacious sound. They are not direct reflecting however.

There are pros and cons to the 201 design. The cons are that they can't handle half the volume of the 301s, they don't produce a full direct-reflecting sound, they can't produce the deep booming bass of their big brothers and the trebles aren't as smooth. That's a lot of cons but the 201s are for situations where music is listened to at very moderate volume. With the 301s in my living room, I tend to crank up the bass and volume on my 100 watt per channel JVC amplifier because they don't sound right at low volume and you need to get that rear-firing tweeter cranking to bounce the sound off the walls to enjoy the full Bose experience. The 201s don't need as much volume to push them and they can't handle nearly as much volume.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By BillJitsu on January 27, 2007
I recently decided to set up a small, but decent quality stereo system in my office so that I can listen to CDs and the radio when I feel like it. I had a Sony STR-DE197 stereo receiver, which worked fine...but the tiny Yamaha speakers I had hooked up to it didn't do my music justice.

I purchased these speakers after looking around a bit. I auditioned them briefly in the store, but knew that the true test would be come when I got them home and hooked them up.

Well, right out of the box,these speakers performed beautifully. I dialed them in a bit by adjusting the bass and treble on my receiver to my preferences. I also opted for the high-end speaker wire (Monster cable) because I wanted to make sure that I was getting the best sound that I could.

The Bose 201 speakers do a great job for small-medium spaces, and have sound that belies their relatively small size. The bass is something you hear more than something you feel. For the type of music I generally listen to (blues, rock, acoustic, pop) they are very good. The highs are clear and the middles and lows are right where they need to be.

These are probably some of the best speakers I've listened to. I'm not an audiophile, but I do know what I like. I have no doubt that there are better speakers out there, but for a couple Benjamins, these may be one of the better values out there.

The only potential negative I can think of is that the speakers are designed to sit horizontally because of the direct-reflect technology. Oh well. They're a little bit different looking, but I am very pleased with them, and would recommend them to anyone looking for great sound.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Johnson on May 6, 2006
Moving from a large home into a smaller one it seemed the right time to set the huge twenty-six year old quasi-wood enclosures in the car, take them to Goodwill and buy something of current technology yet in a smaller package. After researching big and small and a dozen brand names we went off in search of the right speakers for us in our smaller setting. Most we listened to were terrible. Inaudible, booming with no clarity or tinny, even the names of note. Then we met Dr. Bose's collection of speakers. We were used to our 12" woofer, a couple of tweeters and a bass that boomed until our chest vibrated. Though we didn't get the booming chest, we got clarity and sound that was true to the instruments and the voices. My receiver is twenty-six years old too and is screaming to be replaced but even with it and it's limited ability to equalize, the true sound we hear from the set of Bose speakers quickly grew on us and proved satisfying. I do miss the ability to go for the booming subwoofer sound when we wish and may buy a small unit to fill the gap. But....if we don't add to this set, we are well satisfied with the Bose speakers and feel fine about spending a few dollars more for a quality sound. So far I haven't found a way to distort the sound and am also happy that we reach a nice volume level without pushing the slider.

I have read mixed reviews from "uch" to "the absolute best" and wonder how so many mixed expectations can precede the purchase of a set of speakers. We, as life long lovers of music and musicans ourselves, are seriously pleased with the Bose speakers even with the slightly less "boom" to which we are accustomed.
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